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What to do about global warming

That global warming is a major threat to life on the planet is finally receiving universal acknowledgement. Last month’s UN report from hundreds of scientists concluded that global warming was “very likely” caused by mankind.

Millions face early death from hunger, thirst

More than 3 million people in the world are condemned to premature death from hunger and thirst. That is not an exaggerated figure, but rather a cautious one. I have meditated a lot on that in the wake of President Bush’s meeting with U.S. automobile manufacturers.

German union backs U.S. Chrysler workers

The 2.4-million-member IG Metall union, representing German blue- and white-collar metalworkers, including autoworkers at Daimler-Chrysler’s German plants, is opposing the company’s move to jettison its U.S. Chrysler division, and calling for a solution that benefits both the company and U.S. workers.

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The Party of Hope

Let me say that I am happy and proud to speak today at the opening of the Communist Party, USA’s papers at the Tamiment Library of NYU. I hope I do well because this really important collection deserves it. Given the value of this collection, this is the most important talk I have ever given.

North Korea condemns Japanese governments attempt to white-wash history

The declaration by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that Japan will renounce its 1993 apology for his country’s forcing of Chinese, Korean and other Asian women into becoming sex slaves — euphemistically called “comfort women” — of the Japanese army during World War II has provoked outrage around the world, especially in countries most affected.

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On a mission for justice: School of the Americas Watch travels to Colombia and Panama

The statistics I kept reviewing on Colombia seemed jumbled. Was 3.4 million the number of internally displaced people there, as one set of my notes said, or 4 million as another said? Did it really matter which one? The sheer enormity was overwhelming.

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Reflections on returning to Vietnam

I recently came back from a remarkable return visit to Vietnam. My first trip to Vietnam was in 1972 during the war, when Nixon decided to bomb Hanoi during the Christmas holidays. The contrast with today’s Vietnam was enormous.

Score one for diplomacy

In a new and promising development, the United States and North Korea have reached tentative agreement on a far-reaching pact that could ultimately result in North Korea ending its nuclear program.

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Ethanol: Worlds grain for food or profit?

The grain to fill a 25-gallon SUV tank with ethanol could feed a person for a year. The diversion of grains for the world’s 800 million cars will increase the price and decrease the production of food to feed the 2 billion poorest people of the world who spend at least half their income on food, according to the Earth Policy Institute.

Exxon, Bush fiddle while planet burns

On Feb. 1 Exxon Mobil announced the largest profits ever earned by a U.S. company — $40 billion in 2006. A day later, the UK Guardian reported that the Exxon-funded Bush-connected American Enterprise Institute sent letters to scientists and economists offering them $10,000 each to write articles that undermine the UN-sponsored report on global warming.

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